Technology and Human Relationships

After reading several chapters in Global Frequency, I picked the moment in Invasive that Ms. Zero, Lana and others break into a room and discover the laptop that initiated the crisis. Lana, who studied memetics and neuroprogramming since 14 years old, is trying to encrypt the virus and write an antivirus. She found the transmission on the laptop describes an alien society that co-opts untrained minds to compose the message that started the crisis. Lana figured out the invasion and learned that she had to find the answer of what defines the human race to save people, and the answer is human relationship.

I found this moment impressive and corresponded to the idea of “Technology is a mode of revealing” by Martin Heidegger. Heidegger identifies the technology’s essence as a way of revealing, that which has to do with engendering and truth. However, in the later section of his writing, when he is discussing modern technology, he found the definition of modern technology is about challenges on top of a mode of revealing. In the comic strips, the technology used by Lana is more than a way of revealing but also a help to rescue people from the crisis. The action that Lana takes in less than a minute, is challenging and defines the modern technology. “Unlocking, transforming, storing, distributing, and switching about is ways of revealing”, this is stated by Heidengger, however, “the revealing never simply comes to an end”, “regulating and securing even become the chief characteristics of the revealing that challenges” (322). In Heidengger’s argument, the challenges were set after the setting-upon, in Global Frequency, Lana is a standing–reserve, and she has the skills and a romantic relationship with her lover. In this story, it can see how important standing-reserve is along with technology. At this moment, the narratives and ideas that Ellis’ has just adequately described resonated the argument of Heidengger.

The narrative and technology are shown in interesting relationship in this sequence. The comic strip is more dominated by the visual image than the words. The visual images offer more description and explanation of the technology that Global Frequency has and required, but the narratives that Ellie’s provided for his readers are about describing human activities and human relationships. Especially at the moment when Lana is asking herself what is the missing point of the antivirals in front of the computer. I think this arrangement is important in Global Frequency because objects cannot talk and neither can technology. The conversations and explanations offer empathy to the story on top of the crisis that Global Frequency faces each time.

I found there is an interesting juxtaposition in the comic along with reality. The transmission destroyed because Lana figures out the losing part of the antivirus is the human relationship. In contemporary society, technology provides a shorter time to connect a bunch of people, however, at the same time, alienate people’s relationships to each other. I think the moment when Lana came up with the answer that human relationships are important for the utopian society, it shows the importance of emotion in technological society. This theme was shown in the majority of chapters in Global Frequency.

 

 

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2 Responses to Technology and Human Relationships

  1. I think that your position on this piece is an interesting one. Though I enjoyed the piece and saw the importance it was putting in human relationships, I personally thought it was a bit out of place in the larger book. In almost every story in this book, Global Frequency is saving people from something man-made. This time they were saving humanity from something alien utilizing human emotion.

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  2. smaugonthewater says:

    I agree that human relationships are important for a technological society. Too often when using online services people are rude and demoralizing to each other because there is no human aspect to their interactions. It’s just a name on a screen. Perhaps if there were more human characteristics on the internet it would be a more warm and forgiving place.

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